Meet Our Staff

The staff listed below are, bar-none, the best in Kansas City.  Seriously Each one is passionate, knowledgeable and fully committed to making sure you are treated to the highest quality experience possible.  There’s not a baby, a diva or a whiner among ’em.
They’re pretty too…  just look at ’em.

The ‘Main Dish’ posed this question to each staff member – “What food item best describes you, and why?” See their answers below…

Laura Laiben

Laura
Laiben

The Main Dish
“I would be an Oscar Meyer weiner.
You know why.”

Amalia Aragon

Amalia
Aragon

Wizard
Amalia is busy doing her magic and hasn’t contemplated which food she is yet…

Shauna Bajich

Shauna Bajich

Bookkeeper
“A Chocolate Chip Cookie – it’s a classic and always brings a smile to people’s faces.”

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Key Ingredient
“Champagne… sparkling, effervescent, acidic, works well w/other ingredients & gets the party started!”

Joan DeCoursey

Joan
DeCoursey

Gadget Guru
“A strawberry… because I’m nice and sweet (but sometimes I am tart!)”

Claudia Diosdado

Claudia
Diosdado

Waitstaff
“I suppose maybe I’d be an onion. There are many layers to me.”

Priscilla Flores

Priscilla
Flores

Wizard
“A Chocolate Truffle. You don’t always know what’s inside, but you know it’ll be good!”

Erin Gustafson

Erin
Gustafson

Waitstaff
“I’d be a pineapple. They can be sweet, and they naturally have a crown on top!”

Larry Hadley

Larry
Hadley

The BBQ Dude
“I’d be a pork butt. Why? Hmmmm… I guess, I like my butt rubbed.”

Libby Hawkins

Libby
Hawkins

Key Ingredient
“A tall, tasty buttermilk biscuit to reflect my southern roots.”

Lynette Henkel

Lynette
Henkel

Gadget Guru
Cheese! It pairs well with others, and is savory, sweet, nutty & ages well.

Maggie Horn

Maggie
Horn

Bartender/Waitstaff
Maggie is busy tending bar… check back for her food choice!

Chef Sergio Lara

Sergio
Lara

Chef
An egg, because it’s so useful in the kitchen for everything.

Vicky
Lara

Chicana in Charge
“I would be a jalapeño pepper ‘cuz they are spicy like me!”

Heather Minor

Heather
Minor

CCEO – Chief Culinary Experience Officer
“An egg. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “An egg is always an adventure: the next one may be different.””

Marti Palmer

Marti
Palmer

Brand Evangelist
“Chocolate. The only thing better than a friend is a friend with chocolate.”

Lynne Parker

Lynne
Parker

Missing Ingredient
“Wine.  It disappears when added, but makes any dish irresistible.”

Jill Garcia Schmidt

Jill Garcia
Schmidt

Chef / Lead Instructor
“I’d be bacon,
because… BACON!”

Nicole Smiley

Nicole
Smiley

Waitstaff
“I would be chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate – or at least they should!”

Kim
Stewart

Class Facilitator
“An artichoke. It appears prickly on the outside, but it has a sweet heart.”

Elle t
Thomsen

Goddess of Good Eats
“Rhubarb Pie… because maybe things aren’t as bad as you thought.”

Rachel Weir

Rachel
Weir

Kitchen Shop Curator
“Carrot – there’s more than meets the eye. Dig deep for a sweet surprise.”

Luis Abraham Zavala G.

Luis Abraham Zavala G.

Wizard / Prep Cook
“Lettuce… because I’m always fresh and cool… lol”